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Camp Weekend and an Announcment

I made it back, safe and sound. We had quite a bit of rain during this “camping” trip, but we still got plenty of work done. Over all we had a good time, and even got some much-needed rest. I figured I’d take a second and explain this camping stuff to you. This wasn’t a trip, this was work, but it was fun and for a good cause.

This week-end was an “all groups work week-end” at Wonderland Camp. Wonderland Camp is a camp for disabled people, of all ages and all forms of disabilities. I don’t really have all of the specifics down, so I will provide the missions statement from their website. (Please check out the web-site, if anything to get all of the correct information.)

Wonderland Camp Mission Statement

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The mission of Wonderland Camp is to provide a fun, educational camp experience for children, teenagers, and adults who are physically and mentally challenged, to offer a respite from daily care giving for family members and healthcare workers and to provide and nurture a personal development experience for volunteers and staff.

I’ve never been at the camp while “camp” was going on, but I will tell you what I’ve seen during our clean-up, wintering and set-up sessions that I’ve been a part of. The camp has about six double cabins, each of which can hold about 18 campers. Each cabin has a thermostat, for heat or air, running water that includes toilets, showers, sinks, washing machine and dryer. Every building is equipped with wheelchair accessible ramps, and all of the showers and bathrooms are handicap accessible also. This camp is situated above a lake front that one could drive down to in about 30-45 seconds, but this is too steep for wheelchairs. So, there is also a wheelchair grade ramp that leads from the camp to the lake. It winds back and forth for down the hill, covering close to a mile. (This may be off, cause to a big boy like me it feels like a mile. It may be less.)

There is a playground at the end of the lot that has rides that are also wheelchair accessible. Next to the “mess hall” is a swimming pool, with $10,000 “state of the art splash pad” that is all, also, wheelchair accessible. The coolest thing, in my opinion, is the tree house they have, and guess what? That’s right, it’s wheelchair accessible. This thing is so cool I forget about my fear of heights while I’m in it. I haven’t seen this first hand but I’ve heard that at times they’ve tied a large white sheet, out in the tree, and projected a movie onto it, for all of the campers to watch.

The Missouri Jaycees have been involved with Wonderland Camp since May of 1970. The majority of the work we do consists of maintenance and other forms of upkeep. The projects that I was a part of included, covering the pool, putting up the poolside furniture and life jackets, covering two pontoon boats (probably the wrong way) and hauling several paddle boats and picnic tables up out of the weather.

This camp is extra special, and it gives us an opportunity to come together with friends that we haven’t seen for a while, and to also to make new friends. It was a wonderful time, with wonderful people, all had at Wonderland Camp.

Oh…hey…how’s it going? Can you tell how much I missed you? Yeah…I totally missed you…now feed me.

Now, for the update. I have decided to go ahead and sign up for NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. This will take place in November, along with my epic mustache growing. If anyone would like to be my “writing buddy” look me up. I’m signed up under BroJo. Thanks for the shortened nickname needs to go to Sara and Brigitte. It’s nice to have other name possibilities, especially when someone else has the gall to use “Brother Jon”.

23 thoughts on “Camp Weekend and an Announcment

  1. Bravo on all counts. That camp sounds amazing. I’m still mulling over NaNoWriMo. I’ll let you know if I’m brave enough to pull the trigger.

    1. Thank you. Yeah, it will be interesting to have people to write along with. Definitely let me know. I’m scared, but I downloaded some book outlines and character outlines, so hopefully that will help.

  2. I’ve told myself for the last several years that I would definitely do NaNoWriMo the next time around. I always *conveniently* forget about it for the first week of November and then sigh and say, “Next year.”

  3. Oh I was thinking about NaNoWriMo too! Do you want to do a completely random ‘whatever’s gonna happen’ thing, or are you planning it out?

      1. Well, it seems the point is to keep going whatever happens. Sweet Mother said you first need to write a lot of crap before you start writing well, so… 😉 If I find time to spend at least a few minutes thinking about it, then I’ll make sure to add you!

  4. Bro Jo! Love it. I am glad you had both a productive and restful weekend. And I am more glad that you’re doing the nannernannerwritingchallenge. I have been on the fence about doing it myself.. good for you for getting a head start on character development and ideas and everything.

      1. Hey, words on pages is more productive than 99.9999999% of things I do in a day, so go forth! Who knows, maybe I am talking to the next great American novelist right now.

      1. Oh, I don’t need it now. Today, I’m smart enough to stay at the lodge and drink single malt scotches. As kids, we believed we were invincible. Halfway through Operation Deepfreeze, we froze most of our extremities and we could have used those wheelchairs to get back out.

  5. YAY! BroJo. Thanks for the creds on the name. Of course it would from the brilliant minds of myself and Sara — we are both hugely creative and sensitive people. ;). Your experience sounded fun and I bet if felt good, not just from the physical work but the soul stuff too. That’s so cool you did that. I can’t wait to hear more about your book. What is it going to be about??

    1. Thanks, and yes, of course, you two are great.

      I’m thinking about going the crime thriller/Mormon detective type story. Write what you know, right? All that means is I need to start committing some crimes. 😉

      1. You’re funny, BroJo. Make your character a smart-talking gumshoe bent on tracking down a serial killer. And make sure he has a mustache. ;).

  6. I think BroJo is an ideal name for you. Good luck with the NaNoWriMo—you’re braver than I am. There need to be more places like the Wonderland Camp–what a great place. A wheelchair-accessible tree house is genius. Also, as always, I love how completely uninterested Mini is in the whole thing.

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